Some days don’t we just need to be blinded with a bold enlightenment by the Lord? A wake up call something like Saul of Tarsus experienced on the road to Damascas while he was heading out to persecute and murder the Christians. He had witnessed the stoning of Stephen and had been in agreement, and Acts 8: 2 tells us he was going everywhere to destroy the church by dragging men and women off to prison. How often do our selfish ways and desires blind us to the truth of what’s really going down? Blind us to the truth of what and who we really are? Yeah, even as believers, we can get so caught up in the bitter band wagons of retaliation, or the ludicrous lies of the enemy, or the world’s opinions that we can’t see the forest for the trees and you know what, sometimes we just refuse to see and so we don’t. So we just keep on keeping on that same old road to Damascus but sadly it’s the road where the rubber meets the road, and just as the Lord gave a wake up call to call to Saul, He’ll give wake up calls to those caught in selfish plots to destroy and ruin His good things! Yeah, well, God knocked him down with a light so bright it blinded him for three days, long enough to get his attention and confront him with his evil schemes of threats and murders. The Lord faced him head on with who He was and what He wanted of Saul. Saul in obedience did what the Lord asked of him and found healing for his blindness. He was baptized, filled with Holy spirit and instead of murdering, he loved and preached to those in Damascas! Such an amazing transformation for a hard, cold heart of stone. That’s what Jesus does! I love how He does it!
Threats turned to concerns! Killings turned to kindness and hatred turned to love. What a glorious turn-about for Saul. Our roads to Damascus can be hardened with our own selfish blindness but God wants to meet up and change that hard, cold heart and impart a sweet and beautiful spirit of enlightenment into our souls….our beautiful souls. Let’s be challenged today to seek Him out and ask for his healing from hardened hearts and loss of sight. In verse 5, Saul asked, “Who are you Lord?” and the Lord said, “I am Jesus, who you are persecuting.” Saul then asked, “Lord, what do you want me to do?” and then he followed in obedience. Let’s ask the same two questions today, wherever we find ourselves and may our road to Damascus end in love rather than bitterness.
Acts 9: 1 – 6
“Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 3. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
5. And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.[a] It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”6. So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
“Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you a teacher for righteousness. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains as before. The threshing floors will be filled with grain; the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.”
Joel 2: 23 , 24
God breaks through a bleak, devastating picture of judgment on Judah and Jerusalem with a promise of restoration if the people would only repent. He promised the devastating drought would be reversed with a regular pattern of rainfall. He promised to restore His people and their material lives, replenishing their fields, orchards, vineyards and flocks. He would replenish the fruit of their land and eradicate invading armies from the north. He would once again, prove His faithfulness by regulating the pattern of rainfall with refreshing rain.
Doesn’t he promise the same for us? For the messes we find ourselves in, His faithfulness is there to meet us where we’re at. All He requires from us is a repentant heart and our Redeemer and Savior will move in to clean up and replenish the wastelands of our lives with His refreshing rains of grace and mercy. Are you searching today? Feeling life is quite messy with things you can’t change, habits you can’t break and people you can’t love?
God promises help for those moments of bleak devastation! He’ll eradicate your past and replenish the fruit of your life with the redemptive power and cleansing blood of Christ. Just give him a chance and tell Him to take over the control of your life… your problem… your heart!
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So today God, just wrap your arms into one big hug for all of us down here. So many of us just need a big heaping dose of what You can give at this moment. For all the tossed, torn, tattered, broken, bruised, and battered, ruined and restless, wearied, wrecked, worn and weathered parts of us today. Yeah, for all of our vulnerable states that we find ourselves in, You alone know how we got there, from beginning to end. You alone are the keeper of our lives, our souls our journeys. You know hearts, concerns, motives, the why’s and wherefores, and in all of our confusion You understand everything!
So after the storms what then God? What then? After the ruin, the loss and the destruction of life itself and it’s surroundings? Yeah, what then? When the storm churns, and our hearts fail us and we grieve our losses. Where do we begin to make things new when we don’t even know what’s broken?
So we turn to our Maker, our Creator, our Grace Giver, our Mercy Giver, our Sustainer, our Provider, our Redeemer, our Saviour, our Care Giver our Life Preserver and our Salvation on the sea of turmoil. You alone God, are Our Deliverer in times of distress, fear, and chaos. When everything goes wrong, and under, You throw us the life jacket and say, “Peace be still” to the storm!
Oh yeah, you and I and we and us, let’s say with the Psalmist in Psalm 55:1 “Listen to my prayer, O God. Do not ignore my cry for help! Please listen and answer me, for I am overwhelmed by my troubles….Vs. 6 -8 “Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness. How quickly would I escape from this wild storm of hatred….ah, but then David chooses to change his focus and trust in His God and in Verse 16, he reminds himself and us when he pens “but I will call on God, and the LORD will rescue me. Morning, noon and night I cry out in my distress and the LORD hears my voice. He ransoms me and keeps me safe from the battle waged against me, though many still oppose me.
David knew all too well the battles of the storms within and without. So ok, God, right now at this moment, give us all a heaping dose of Your sustaining grace laced with mercy for the roads of our lives that we face today. Give us safety on the journeys we find ourselves taking, whatever journey it might be and just like you kept David in his fear, keep us safely tucked in Your care.
“Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.”
I find it so interesting that David asks for God to lead him on level ground. Level ground is well-balanced and peaceful. Isn’t that the heart of God’s will for our lives? Balanced and peaceful even amidst difficulties. It’s so easy to over react to suffering and unfairness isn’t it? It’s so easy to be overcome with the desire to retaliate against those who have harmed us with words, gossip or cheap undermining. David knew he was being pursued yet he put His trust in God’s unfailing love.
It was here that he would know God’s peace, serenity, grace, protection and mercy. Do we, like David, know God’s will for us in times of distress? We need to ask God to balance our lives and bless us with these divine quality attributes found in Him, so that when danger lurks and enemies pursue, we remain balanced in God’s unfailing love and protection.There is no need to fight. No need to run anywhere but under the shelter of His wing. Now that is level ground! When we hide there, nothing else matters!